Leef’s latest Martin Center column highlights truth-telling professor

George Leef writes for the Martin Center about a professor punished for telling the truth.

That famous line from the movie A Few Good Men—“You can’t handle the truth!”—applies more and more to the world of higher education. If you doubt that, consider the case of professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College.

Abrams, a tenured professor of political science who admits that he “leans conservative” has been studying the political landscape of American higher education. In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Abrams argued that the heavy imbalance toward leftism that we see among faculty members is even more pronounced with respect to college administrators, especially those who directly interact with students.

He wrote, “It appears that a fairly liberal student body is being taught by a very liberal professoriate—and socialized by an incredibly liberal group of administrators.” …

… But professor Abrams has been put through a nasty ordeal at Sarah Lawrence for having stated incontrovertible facts and speaking his mind.

His torment began soon after the publication of his New York Times article when “woke” students trashed his office door, not even sparing a photo of his infant son. Then the student senate convened an “emergency” meeting to demand that Abrams be stripped of tenure and fired.

Moreover, posters appeared around campus insisting that Abrams be terminated and made a libelous accusation against him of sexual misconduct with students.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...